A storm hits in your M-Net Sunday night movie, The Hurricane Heist, and a band of bank robbers use the mayhem to cover their tracks. It’s not the first time a hurricane has laid waste to the screen. Check out five more chaos-inducing hurricane movies.
Key Largo (1948)
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall smoulder on screen in their fourth and final film outing together, in this Florida-set noir thriller. An encroaching hurricane has them holed up in a hotel, battling to survive not only a raging storm but a disparate collection of guests and gangsters.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Based on the book by Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm follows the fate of commercial fishing vessel, the Andrea Gail, which was swept into the 1991 Perfect Storm, which also absorbed Hurricane Grace. It’s a harrowing tale and the film’s masterful special effects plunge you into the horror the men on board endured.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
The master of disaster, Roland Emmerich, thrusts every kind of weather and climate chaos into this disaster movie of epic proportions. Gape at the gob-smacking display of visual effects, as every manner of storms rips through the world. Want to make it a double bill of disaster? Check out Emmerich’s 2009 film 2012, where earthquakes rumble, volcanoes erupt, and cities sink into the sea, but cellphone reception still works and South Africa becomes the holdfast of humanity.
Take Shelter (2011)
It’s not always about the spectacle of the storm, as evidenced by this drama starring Michael Shannon. Plagued by apocalyptic visions of superstorms, his character becomes obsessed with sheltering his family from a cataclysmic horror. His paranoia reaches a new pitch when he starts wondering whether the storms are only in his mind.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
A storm is brewing, dredging up the beasts of the title. This magical tale takes place in the Bathtub, a setting inspired by Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana, which is afflicted with hurricanes, rising sea levels, and coastal erosion.